The Oak Grove landowners who saw their plan to build 51 homes in their southeast hills property above Pleasanton's Kottinger Ranch scuttled in Tuesday's Measure D referendum say that they remain committed to developing the 562-acre site.
In a brief statement sent to the Pleasanton Weekly by Jennifer Longpre of the BergDavis Public Affairs agency, Frederic and Jennifer Lin said that "while disappointed at the defeat of Measure D, (we) remain committed to develop the property as allowed for in the city of Pleasanton General Plan and a legally-binding Development Agreement."
In the referendum, which asked voters if they wanted the Oak Grove plan to be approved, only 45.7 percent of voters said Yes with 54.3 percent opposed.
With all 44 of the city's precincts counted, votes against the measure totaled 6,065, well above the 5,104 votes in favor of the project with only a simple majority needed to settle the issue. Pleasanton has more than 38,000 registered voters.
The BergDavis statement follows:
"After more than two decades of working with the community to find the best plan for Oak Grove, a plan that provided a fair return, respects the neighborhood and provides the city of Pleasanton with benefits, the Lin family announced today that while disappointed at the defeat of Measure D, they remain committed to develop the property as allowed for in the city of Pleasanton General Plan and a legally-binding Development Agreement.
I"n the 1990s, a plan called for 86 homes and a golf course. That plan was rejected by the voters.
"The latest plan approved by the city and rejected by voters Tuesday called for just 51 lots and a 496-acre park.
"The Lins are dedicated to fulfilling their property rights on Oak Grove, as it is within the voter approved Urban Growth Boundary, included within the General Plan for residential development, and enjoys an approved, legally-binding Development Agreement that ensures the Lins' rights to apply for approval of a substantially similar project for several more years."
Added Martin Inderbitzen, attorney for the Lins:
"The Lin family felt the plan, as created with the neighborhood and city, approved by the city, and placed upon the ballot as Measure D was more than fair. It donated 90 percent of the property as a park protecting the oak woodlands and ridgeline vistas of the southeast hills, and reduced the number of homes from the 98 called for in the General Plan to just 51."